Preparing for adulthood
Preparation for Adulthood (PFA) is a term used to support the transition from childhood to adulthood for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), and to support them achieve the best outcomes. The four areas of PFA are:
Transition to adulthood and completion of further education and training will happen at different stages for young people who may be prepared for employment, higher education, or they may finish their formal education and transition into full adult health or care services who will continue to support their future adulthood needs.
Formal planning for preparing the transition to adulthood should start from year 9 but ideally sooner. For young people with Education, Health and Care Plans, transition will be person centred and focus on the strengths and aspirations of the child or young person.
From the end of compulsory school age 16 years, decisions about their future lie directly with the young person rather than their parents. A young person may be supported to make informed decision about their future if they lack capacity to do so.
Transition planning for young people from year 9
A person-centred transition action plan from year 9 can help young people prepare for their future.
Want to continue your education after school? Find out here about the options available to young...
Careers and employment
Lots of helpful advice and guidance for young people to help them into the world of employment.
Find out more about children’s social care services and the step by step social care process that...
Housing and independent living
This section is currently under development and will be updated very soon.
Preparing for adulthood – adult social care process
The preparing for adulthood process for adult social care broken down by age.
Young people’s personal stories about their experiences in relation to employment, supported livi...
Young people preparing to make their own decisions
Information about the rights of young people aged 16 plus to make decisions for themselves, rathe...
PACC Preparation for Adulthood Navigators
Help for families to understand what options are available for young people with SEND on their Pr...
Find out more about different financial support available to eligible people in Shropshire.